Susan Schmidt of the Wapo told us last Friday that timing was everything in the investigation of the Plame leak - evidently, the fateful Novak column was published on Monday, July 14, but may have been put on the wires, and generated discussion, the previous Friday.
Editor and Publisher follows up on this.
Our reaction - groan! First, why are we finding this out now? Surely, the notion that syndicated columns are written and circulated in advance of publication can not have been a secret to the many media mavens following this.
And secondly, doh! Novak's column is virtually news-free; was there any reason to think he wrote it on Sunday night?